Muscat / Moscato
Learn about Muscat — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Alluringly aromatic and delightful, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related and some of which, are not. The two most important versions are the noble, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, and Muscat of Alexandria, thought to be a progeny of the former. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling and even fortified. Muscat is well-known in Italy's Piedmont region (where it goes by Moscato) mainly as Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.
Tasting Notes for Muscat
Muscat makes a dry, sweet or sparkling white wine. Regardless, Muscat wines always possess marked aromatics of rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or orange blosson. These wines can have flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.
Perfect Food Pairings for Muscat
Muscat is a perfect match for Asian cuisine and other spicy foods. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.
Sommelier Secrets for Muscat
Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.
- Sauvignon Blanc362
- Other White Blends215
- Pinot Gris/Grigio180
- Other White Wine169
- Chenin Blanc58
- Bordeaux White Blends57
- Rhône White Blends57
- Gruner Veltliner42
- Pinot Blanc36
- Melon de Bourgogne4
- Muller Thurgau2
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2006Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2006Muscat from Italy
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (500 ml) 2006Muscat from Spain
Torres Vina Esmeralda Blanco 2006Muscat from Spain
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2006Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Fontanafredda Moncucco Moscato d'Asti 2006Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2006Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Les Cretes Les Abeilles 2006Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti 2006Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
St. Supery Moscato 2006Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Abraxas Vigne di Pantelleria Sicilia Kuddia delle Ginestre Bianco 2006Muscat from Sicily, Italy
La Crotta di Vigneron Chambave Attente Vallee D'Aoste Muscat 2006Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Castel De Paolis Azienda Agricola Lazio Rosathea 2006Muscat from Lazio, Italy
Sutter Home Moscato 2006Muscat from California
Eberle Canelli Muscat 2006Muscat from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Peirano Estate The Heritage Collection Muscat Canelli 2006Muscat from Lodi, California
Abiqua Wind Vineyard Colliers Early Muscat 2006Muscat from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Grape Creek Vineyard Muscat Canelli 2006Muscat from Texas, Other U.S.
Dom. Ernest Burn Clos Saint Imer La Chapelle Goldert Muscat 2006Muscat from Alsace, France
Rizzi Frimaio Vendemmia Tardiva 2006Muscat from Piedmont, Italy
Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval Vent d'Anges 2006Muscat from Languedoc, South of France, France
Vignale di Cecilia Folia 2006Muscat from Veneto, Italy
Cascina Castlet Avie Moscato 2006Muscat from Piedmont, Italy